SOLD: Bentwitchen Wood £55,000 Freehold

  • Near Brayford, Barnstaple, Devon
  • about 4 acres
  • Devon


Set in a very quiet rural valley within the rolling hills of Exmoor National Park, Bentwitchen Wood is a perfect peaceful retreat. A mixed mature woodland with natural springs at the higher eastern reaches and a stunning fast flowing stream at the bottom of the valley.

Bluebells carpet the ground in late spring whilst mossy knolls are dotted throughout.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


Bentwitchen Wood has a wide variety of tree habitats and species throughout. Predominantly a lowland oak woodland with an understory of hazel, the woodland is open and trees well spaced with a covering of flowers that are predominantly bluebells.

At the upper western area there is a stand of smaller Douglas fir trees and larger more mature Douglas fir trees near the centre.

Very tall larch trees can be found either side of the access track. Larch is a very durable timber that is naturally resistant to rot so is an ideal timber for planking or building a forestry store and home garden projects. Larch trees shed their needles in the winter which is unique in woodland conifer trees. The needles turn a vibrant glowing orange colour in the autumn and once shed allow plenty of winter sunlight to penetrate to the woodland floor.

Surrounding the stream is a variety of native broadleaved trees which include hazel, willow and a lovely beech tree by a footbridge that crosses the stream.


Water within a woodland environment attracts a variety of mammals including bats. Bechstein's bats (Myotis bechsteinii) are now very rare due to the loss of Ancient woodland habitat but would find ideal habitat within Bentwitchen Wood with oak trees and the small stream. Older split oak trees with loose bark are great roosting sites for bats species such as the Barbastelle (Barbastella barbastellus).

Red deer frequent Exmoor and are often seen in all their majestic glory grazing upon the woodland grasses and shrubs.

Birds can find all they need here too, the wide variety of tree species offer both nesting opportunities and food in the form of seeds and nuts. Whilst the stream and springs provide a place to bathe and drink.


One of the main focal points of Bentwitchen Wood is the picturesque stream near the western boundary. A woodland path meanders through the trees to a bench and then turns back to wind its way to a foot bridge where you can cross the stream to a small meadow area. This is simply the perfect place to camp.

Another attractive feature is a natural stream fed waterfall which flows over rocks within the east of the woodland.

Access, tracks and footpaths

From the highway the main woodland gate is accessed along a metalled cul-de-sac. Once within the main gate, there is a good stoned forestry track which is suited to most vehicles. A car parking and turning area is conveniently located next to Benwichen Wood.

At present the stream is accessed through an area of wet woodland via a careful wade through this important habitat, however the purchaser can choose to have a section of boardwalk installed which would be a fun project for the family.

There are no public footpaths within Bentwitchen Wood or the larger surrounding woodland area.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are included in the sale and there is a right to fish the small stream.

The standard covenant applies to this wood.


Simply visit to enjoy the tranquil surrounds and wildlife, bring family and friends for a day out or for a summer 'staycation'.

The quietness of the valley location with only the gentle rushing of the water in the stream makes Bentwitchen Wood a great place for some woodland-based yoga, mindfulness or forest bathing.

Local area and history

Bentwitchen is a small hamlet within Exmoor National Park that is near to the woodland. The hamlet was built on the site of a medieval farmstead mentioned in the 1332 lay subsidy. In the past the farmstead was also known as 'Bayntwichene', 'Baintwitchin' and as 'Bentwichin'. Within the locality there are a number of place names ending with 'Twitchen' such as Roosthitchen and Henthitchen. It seems these place names are very rare within Britain.

It is thought that 'twicthen' is derived from old English meaning 'cross ways or fork in the road' or 'to lie near two streams' where as 'Bent' as a place name suggests a place with stiff grass or rushes.

Bentwitchen Wood is within a few miles of Exmoor National Park with many quaint villages such as Parracombe and Simonsbath. This vast moorland is ideal for walking or cycling. The north Devon coast is within easy reach with popular places such as Lynton, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe all within a 30 minute drive.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Stuart Brooking.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated by blue markings on posts and trees.

The northern boundary is indicated by an old hedge bank.

The southern boundary is indicated by a line of fence posts.

The eastern boundary is indicated by an old hedge bank.

The western boundary is indicated by an old hedge bank.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 180
  • Grid ref: SS 705 367
  • Nearest post code: EX32 7QW
  • GPS coordinates: 51.1155, -3.85084

Location map


- From the M5, leave at Junction 27 onto the A361 towards Tiverton.

- Stay on the A361 for around 30 miles until you reach the North Aller roundabout where you take the 3rd exit onto the A399 towards Ilfracombe, Bratton Fleming and Brayford.

- After about 5 miles carefully take the right hand turn into the village of Brayford.

- Drive down the hill and over the bridge that straddles the River Bray.

- Take the next left hand turn at Lydcott Cross.

- Follow this road up the hill, around to the left and on past Cross Gate Cross, signposted towards Challacombe.

- After half a mile turn right onto a no-through road - this is known as Muxworthy Lane.

- Follow the narrow tarmac road down the hill and over Skentaway Bridge and you will see the entrance to the woodland on the right. There is space to park on the right hand side of the road just before Skentaway Bridge (please leave space for vehicles to turn).

- Climb carefully over the gate and walk along the stoned forestry track for around 400 metres until you see the 'Bentwitchen Wood' name sign on your right.

- Bentwitchen Wood is both sides of the access track from here.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX32 7QW is for the point shown by the red dot on the location plan

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

An idyll tranquil woodland with an attractive stream flowing near the western edge .

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: [email protected]